8.) It Was One of Those Days.

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It was one of those days.

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7.) Neimei meets the crew.

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“What do you do here, Neimei?” asked Cailish. It was another night, another yurt party. Neimei was a mid-season hire — unusual, but not unexpected, especially since a lot of people had been quitting or just leaving without warning. It had been a difficult summer; understaffed from the beginning, the everyone had been feeling the burnout of being overworked. The breakdown in communications between the resort’s wealthy owners and the people actually employed there had only gotten worse as pressure from both sides on management increased. There had been a lot of yurt parties after work, as an excuse to drink away the crew’s stress.

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5.) Hexen’s relationships.

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Hexen dreaded the days he had to work with Kreth. Dread may have been too strong of a word; loathed might have been more accurate. Disliked, certainly. It wasn’t so much that the man from the Steppes was unpleasant to be around, so much as he was just…too much. Of everything. He spoke loudly, he reeked of artificial body scents and musk, he flirted with everyone and never seemed to mean it, he never wore a shirt that hadn’t had the sleeves ripped off to display his muscles and tattoo of black rings down his right arm, his personality was abrasive and rude and unapologetic… And worst of all, he was extremely attractive. Ridiculously so, in ways that Hexen hadn’t thought existed outside the fiction of media until he’d first seen Kreth. It was simply unfair to be forced to spend the entire day around someone so unappealing and yet so gorgeous. It was distracting and frustrating and just…too much.

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4.) “Did you hear…”

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“Did you hear about the latest shooting?”
“There’s been another one already?”
“This one was in a settlement outside the Polis, not in the city itself.”
“Gods protect them.”
“Leave the gods out of this. It’s all homini killing each other.”
“They’re saying the shooting took place at a worship gathering.”
“If the gods existed, they would have already been there.”
“I can’t believe another shooting happened so soon.”
“It’s getting worse.”
“This things always happen in cycles.”
“The cycles are getting faster.”
“Why is this happening?”
“People are scared.”
“People are angry.”
“They’ve lost hope.”
“The republic is corrupt. The people are tired of the politicians’ lies.”
“But why kill each other, if that’s the case? They’re just making it worse.”
“I’m glad I live out here, that’s all I can say.”

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3.) Were the gods real?

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“Do you think the gods were ever real?” Cailish asked. They were cleaning cabins, making them fresh and new after the guests departed.

“I don’t know,” said Vitre after a moment’s thought. “Probably, in some form or another. Do you?”

“No.”

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